Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2019

"Jaish al Adl" which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack earlier.

Pakistan has close ties to Saudi Arabia - which along with the USA and Israel views Iran as a regional threat - and often balances between Riyadh and Tehran.

Revolutionary Guards' chief Maj.

During the conversation, Qureshi told Zarif that Iran was Pakistan's neighbour and Islamabad would never try to create any difficulties for Tehran.

He said that a team of Pakistani officials visited Iran and discussions are taking place with the Pakistani leadership. "Just in the past year, six or seven suicide attacks were neutralised but they were able to carry out this one", Jafari told the mourners.

Islamabad launched an operation against the "terrorists" in its Balochistan border province on Sunday, he said.

He added that Pakistan sent a delegation on Sunday to Iran, voicing hope that the two sides would reach an agreement that would put an end to such terrorist attacks.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Iran "explicitly conveyed" to Ambassador Masoud that Tehran expects Islamabad and its military "to make a serious and decisive action" against the Jaish al-Adl group and its base inside its territory.

This is not the first time that Iranian security forces have allegedly been targeted by Pakistan-based terror groups.

Saudi Arabia on Monday vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan voiced support for the prince during the global outcry after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in October.

Pakistan government had invited the Taliban for talks along with the United States.

The crown prince, also known as MBS, at the request of his Pakistani host, Prime Minister Imran Khan, also ordered release of more than 2,100 of about 3,000 Pakistanis being detained in Saudi jails for various crimes. Khan drove the prince to the airport.

India has vowed to retaliate after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed 41 CRPF soldiers last week, the deadliest attack in the state in decades.

In a joint statement Monday, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia reiterated their commitment to continue combating extremism and terrorism and promoting peace in Afghanistan.

On Pak-India relations, he said that Saudi Arabia wants both countries to resolve their conflicts and have peaceful relations.